Edouard Manet -
The Picnic on the Grass (also: Luncheon on the Grass, French:
Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe
1862-1863. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.
Meurent, Victorine Louise
(1844-1885) was Manet's favorite model in the 1860s, posing for such important works as
The Picnic on the Grass
. In the 1860s, she left France abruptly to travel to the United States for unknown reasons, returning to France in the early 1870s, and to serve as Manet's model, e.g. in
. She became a painter herself, exhibiting a self-portrait at the 1876 Salon when Manet's submission was rejected, and in the 1879 Salon her entry was in the same room as Manet's. (
The Street Singer
). She probably died an alcoholic, in poverty.
Mlle Victorine Meurent in the Costume of an Espada
Portrait of Victorine Meurent
The Picnic ("Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe")
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